The Musician’s Elevator Pitch: How To Connect Authentically and Effectively

One of the things I love about the music world is that it is still a people business. We have not outsourced the face-to-face contact that is so vital to making great music and sharing it with live audiences. It is no surprise, then, that successful musicians know the art of networking: a combination of using your head to be …

How Music Entrepreneurs Leverage Strengths: The First Step to Masterful Collaboration

What is the secret of successful collaboration? One key element is trust, based on a recognition that the members of a collaborative group have a high degree of respect for each other’s strengths, expertise and knowledge. An outstanding example of a successful collaboration is the Brentano String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Yale. Last year, I had the pleasure …

How Music Entrepreneurs Stay Positive: 4 Mindset Strategies to Help Through Tough Times

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My coaching groups at Yale are going strong! Students appreciate having a confidential forum where they can share successes and challenges with a trusted group of peers and learn new strategies for creating sustainable careers. With the semester winding down in a few weeks, our students, especially those who are graduating, are finding it a challenge to keep their spirits up …

Know Your People: How Music Entrepreneurs Can Expand the Audience for Classical Music

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Audience engagement is all the rage these days as the classical music field grapples with how to stay relevant in today’s culture. Many of us are asking the question of what do today’s audiences REALLY want. In my class at Yale last semester, we took up this question as part of our collaborative projects. The charge to my students was …

How Music Entrepreneurs Survive Tax Season: 6 Deductions to Help Minimize Your Taxes

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This week, I am delighted to share a guest blog post to help your financial management from Carolyn Mescher, an Entertainment CPA and musician from Nashville, TN who specializes in music accounting and taxes. As an artist and songwriter herself, Carolyn is intimately familiar with both the business and creative side of the music industry.  Carolyn wrote this article after …

Creative Problem Solving for Music Entrepreneurs: The Two Mindsets of Creativity

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How can a group of 20-something professional musician graduate students generate breakthrough solutions to the problems facing classical music today in order to insure the health and the vitality of the field? This was the focus of my new class last semester at the Yale School of Music entitled Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. My goal was to teach creative problem …

How To Jumpstart Your Career Satisfaction: Take the Career Assessment

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Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to great things in 2016! I am not big on New Year’s resolutions since it’s too easy to set yourself up for failure by reaching for unrealistic goals. Instead, I encourage people to reflect on the important areas of their lives and assess where they …